Take cover: Excessive heat warning set for Saturday in Valley; 114 degrees on horizon
PHOENIX – An excessive heat warning was issued in metro Phoenix for Saturday, when highs could hit 114 degrees, the National Weather Service said.
The warning will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“We don’t base [excessive heat warnings] solely off temperature,” Phoenix bureau meteorologist Gabriel Lojero told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Friday.
“A lot of factors go into creating the heat risk.”
With temps near 115° and high HeatRisk across much of the Phoenix area on Saturday, an Excessive Heat Warning has been issued. The Excessive Heat Warning for the Imperial Valley, Ocotillo, Salton Sea areas remains in effect Today-Sunday. Stay hydrated. Stay cool. #azwx #cawx pic.twitter.com/LQ8TK7WxyZ
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) July 15, 2022
It will be the second excessive heat warning of the week after one on Monday, which was the hottest day of the year at 115 degrees.
In Phoenix, Camelback Mountain’s Echo and Cholla trails and all trails associated with the Piestewa Peak trailhead are closed to hikers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days when excessive heat warnings are issued.
The weather service recommended people curtail outdoor activities between sunrise and sunset, drink more water than usual and avoid sugary, caffeinated drinks, which are dehydrating beverages.
“Wear light-colored clothing,” if you’re going outdoors, Lojero said.
Forecasters said high temperatures will drop starting Sunday at 111 degrees.
That is “sufficiently cool enough to drop the heat risk down to moderate again,” Lojero said.
Monday and Tuesday will be even lower at 107 degrees.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Shira Tanzer contributed to this report.